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Canadians rarely want to consider amputation as the best solution to treat a condition, but for Canadians living with diabetes, this can be a reality. In some cases, even severe ones, the amputation can be prevented, shielding the patient from a long and painful recovery period.
Underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor who has created large underwater sculpture gardens in the waters of Grenada and Mexico has just launched a project in the waters of the Canary Islands that acknowledges the plight of boat people.
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It is a sight that only divers get to see. Beams of light literally making a sharp left turn underwater. In some Mexican caverns (cenotes) divers can witness and photograph light being bent! If the direct rays of the sun pierce the forest canopy and shine through a small hole in the cenote's roof, it just might happen.
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The mine's tunnels stretch for hundreds of kilometres under the island and adjacent bay. The last miner walked out in the mid 1960s leaving most of their equipment and tools behind. When the mine was shut down, the pumps were turned off and it flooded. Eventually the water levels rose, covering more than a hundred years of mining history.
Lionfish may be one of the most truly beautiful creatures you'll encounter when you're scuba diving or snorkelling in tropical water. There's nothing wrong with lionfish where they're indigenous -- the Indian and Pacific Ocean. But about 20 years ago a few started to appear in the Caribbean.
You wouldn't believe the looks of disbelief that we get. When my dive buddy Chris and I decide to spend a morning in Humber Bay, people are apt to ask whether we're serious about swimming in that part of Lake Ontario. One person questioned our sanity.
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(Photos by Jill Heinerth courtesy of Dam Builder Productions) Last August I wrote an article about the death of Carlos Fonseca. He was a dynamic diver and someone whom I was just getting to know as a...
Driven by the taste for shark fin soup, long line fisherman around the world are eliminating some 100 million sharks per year -- a reduction, in some cases of 90 per cent of the species. Sharks, being apex predators, breed very slowly. The inevitable result of all that fishing is a complete extinction of many shark species within the next ten years according to Sharkwater.com.
As a diver, I've been a witness to one of the most important environmental battles that's taking place on this planet. Sadly, it's a battle that most people will never see and many may never hear about. That's because the battlefront is often 20 metres under the water.
"Throw those curtains wide, one day like this a year'd see me right..." - Guy Garvey To describe Porteau Cove on British Columbia's west coast as stunningly beautiful is to do it a disservice. It's th...
"Futures uncertain and the end is always near." Jim Morrison On a sunny day in mid-July, when the air is warm and the water is a deep topaz blue its pretty hard to not completely love the Village of T...
I was shocked when I heard about the death of my friend Carlos Fonseca two weeks ago. He was in Ginnie Springs, Florida about to start exploring a cave system called The Devil's Spring. The following day rumours started to circulate on a couple of diving forums that Carlos had died while inside the system. How he died is not really known.
Zebra Mussel filter millions of gallons of water; it's how they feed. The result, the once soup-like Great Lakes are now crystal clear. That doesn't mean the water is unpolluted, far from it. Their output is crystal clear, which for divers is a definite plus. So you see, from a certain perspective, what started as a natural disaster has a definite upside. Now, I know some might argue that learning to love environmental disasters requires a very self-centered attitude. What I celebrate, others revile. I look forward to figuring out what new and clever angle I can come up with the next time we lay waste to some pristine wilderness area.
A few days ago my friend invited me to go diving with a group of disabled divers. He told me that one group member, Harry, is a quadriplegic who is one of the best divers he's ever trained. Harry can't use his legs. He has limited use of his arms. But he can control his buoyancy and trim, and with those two tools he rides the currents like a sea otter.
Is riding a reindeer across Siberia on your travel bucket list? How about visiting the last man living in the radioactive zone in Chernobyl? Canadian TV host and adventurer Scott Wilson (above) has done all these things and more on the television series, Departures.
The ride across the island to West Bay was like a scene out of "Romancing The Stone". We were surrounded by thick, lush jungle-esque vegetation with no other car in sight. Unlike Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner, our road did not wash away and we were not chased by armed Colombians, or Hondurans, either. By the time we arrived at our charming bungalow near the beach, the sun had come out and stayed that way for the next ten days.